Carmack ‘Excited’ for HoloLens but No ‘Crossover’ with Oculus

Back in January 2015 Microsoft revealed a brand new head-mounted display (HMD) in the form of a HoloLens and its Windows Holographic system. It didn’t take long for fans of the technology to start talking about where it might fit in with the likes of Oculus VR and its Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD). Speaking on the topic at the 2015 Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week, Oculus VR’s John Carmack noted that he was ‘excited’ about HoloLens, but didn’t see crossover with the company’s own work.


Carmack said as much during his ‘The Dawn of Mobile VR’ talk today. Addressing the subject of augmented reality (AR) in general, the CTO stated that he felt the technology was ‘far away’ from being perfectly realised. He also wished Microsoft well on its work with HoloLens, but noted he couldn’t see any real kind of crossover with the technology and Oculus VR’s own HMDs.

HoloLens isn’t getting a big focus at GDC this week but will be a part of Microsoft’s own Build developer conference in April 2015. VRFocus will continue to follow the technology closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.